The Reconstructors: A Plaguing Problem

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This resource is supported by multiple published studies.

Year 7–8, Year 9–10, Year 11–12
Time Allocated

1-6 lessons





Content Especially Suited For

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse


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Access The Reconstructors: A Plaguing Problem


Rice University Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, USA. 


Players help solve drug-related cases by gathering evidence, interpreting data, conducting experiments and consulting with experts. Players learn about how opioids affect the body so that they can make informed choices when encountering them.
Players also learn about the origins of pain-relieving drugs, the different classes of these drugs, the different between anaesthetics and analgesics, that the term “drug” does not always imply an illegal substance, distinguish between the effect of an analgesic and an anaesthetic and interpret data and draw conclusions from virtual experiments.


3 × 30–45 minute episodes

Extensive supplementary classroom activities available here. 

Expected Benefits

  • Increased general knowledge of drug(s)
  • Increased knowledge of drug-related effects and harms.

Evidence Base

Page last reviewed: 11/08/2022

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